The Woonsocket Community Club will once again be sponsoring the Christmas Caring Tree for Sanborn County area children. It will once again be located in the lobby of the First National Bank at Woonsocket.   

Families who would like their children to participate may pick up an application at the bank or call 796-4422.  Confidentiality will be enforced, and all participants will remain anonymous.

Individuals wishing to support the Caring Tree may pick up a name off the Caring Tree after Friday, Nov. 30, or make a monetary donation at the bank.

The new application date, for children’s names to be accepted, is Nov. 30. 

The District 6 American Legion Auxiliary president Theresa Maeschen from Mitchell held a  group meeting at the Letcher Community Center Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Nov. 3. Discussion was held about the National convention that was held in June, and a group workshop in Sioux Falls that Theresa had attended in October. Auxiliary members from Woonsocket, Mt. Vernon, Mitchell and Letcher attended. Letcher unit furnished breakfast. Letcher Auxiliary President Sandi Ruml presented President Maeschen a patriotic scarf as a thank you gift. It was a very informative and fun meeting.

Sunday evening, the Letcher American Legion Auxiliary hosted a potluck supper for area veterans and their families at the Letcher Community Center. Apparently 45 people were in attendance and a great meal was provided. Auxiliary President Sandi Ruml gave a reading on the history of the armistice between Germany and Russia being signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the end of WW1 in 1918, 100 years ago this Veterans Day. Guest speaker Karen Klinkner of Artesian did a slide presentation on her military career and being picked for the very first Women’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in September. 

Tom Johnson sang “God Bless the USA,” and Joyce Swagger played all hymns of each branch of the military. The veterans stood to be honored as the crowd sang. 

The program was closed with everyone singing “God Bless America.”

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Robert J. “Jim” Larson, 70, of Woonsocket, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the Prairie View Heathcare Community in Woonsocket.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Woonsocket Community Center. Reverend Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell officiated. Burial was in the Silver Creek Cemetery of rural Woonsocket with military rites by Woonsocket American Legion Post 29. Visitation and prayer services were held at the Basham Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 13. 

Robert J. “Jim” Larson was born May 19, 1948 at St. John’s Hospital in Huron to Robert W. and Arlyce (Doering) Larson. An only child, he grew up in Forestburg and attended Woonsocket High School. Following high school he attended Dakota State College in Madison. He served in the South Dakota National Guard for 10 years and worked at an airline company in Chicago, before returning to South Dakota.

He worked for Armour in Huron and Farmers Union Co-op in Woonsocket. Then he went to work for Barthlows Construction and later Elliot Construction, building substations. Finally, he worked for Basin Electric, starting in 1984, until his retirement in 2008.

Jim moved to the family farm in 1989. He was joined in marriage with Patti Maakestad on Nov. 17, 1991. Jim had a great love for his family, friends, farm and animals. He was an excellent carpenter and jack-of-all trades.

Jim is survived by his wife, Patti, of Woonsocket; children, Jay (Trudy) Larson, of Woonsocket, Michael Larson, of Woonsocket, Paula (Arid) Boschee, of Sioux Falls, Ryan (Michelle) Day, of Concord, Calif., Stephanie Baysinger, of Woonsocket, Trevis (Casie) Larson, of Big Springs, Texas, Kristi Gavre, of Dallas, Texas, and Tambi (Marty) Wormstadt, of Artesian; 19 grandchildren; and first wife, Cheryl Kahle, of Piedmont.

He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Stan and Lila Maakestad; several aunts and uncles; and his beloved dog, Lacey Lou.